Planning & Development Services

PDS is committed to helping you with your land use and building projects. Please be aware due to staffing disruptions within our department you may experience interruptions and/or delays in the processing of your application/permit or with the response to an inquiry. We are working hard and adjusting our processes to provide the best possible service in our current situation. Please take the time to read this message from the Planning and Development Director, Mark Personius.

Service Change

Whatcom County Government is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, customers and our communities and to reducing the threat of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. In response to the public health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19,  the Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) and Public Works Engineering Services departments are temporarily closed to public “in person” services.(Our lobby/Permit Centers will be closed to the public.) However, we are still very much “open for business”. We will continue to provide services for permit processing and staff will be available to assist customers and the public via telephone, email and video conferencing options. We have shifted our application and permit intake processes to be done digitally.  Below you will find more specific information and resources.

We encourage our customers to utilize the following online and telephone options:

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Planning and Development Services Mission Statement

The mission of Planning and Development Services is to ensure growth and development occurs in a manner that protects public health, safety and welfare, preserves the natural environment and ensures the quality of life enjoyed by citizens and visitors in Whatcom County is maintained and enhanced.